Today’s Editorial March 04: Eligible voters can any time

Midnight Friday has come and gone, as has the chance to register to vote in the impending constitutional referendum.

But it’s not too late to register to vote for the 2009 general elections.

Some people may have been confused about the recent push from the Elections Office to get people registered to vote.

That was a drive to get people eligible to vote registered for the constitutional issue only.

The Elections Office is open Monday through Friday and staff there is more than willing to accept voter registration at any time.

Those who missed the midnight deadline Friday won’t be able to vote on the constitutional issue, which has been tentatively slated for May.

And people who were already registered to vote weren’t required to re-register for the referendum unless their details had changed.

Voting is a privilege that those who are eligible to take advantage of should.

It is the most basic means by which you have a voice in how your government works.

Don’t ever think that one lone vote won’t alter the course of history.

In 1948 Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th president of the United States, became a US senator by a one-vote margin.

Each and every vote is the voice of a citizen speaking out.

A democratic community can survive only if its citizens see participation in the political process as a duty and a responsibility.

Voting is the single most important thing you can do to make your voice heard.

A handful of women thought voting was so important in 1948 that they sent a letter to the commissioner of elections expressing their right to vote and run for election.

That letter started a controversy that lasted until 1959 when women finally got the right to vote and run for office.

Since then we’ve had women in positions of importance taking the Cayman Islands forward.

We owe it to those visionary women of 1948 to make sure we are registered to vote and then to take it a step forward and actually exercise that right.

There are many people throughout the world who wish they had the privilege we do of choosing our own leaders and making decisions through voting.

So, if you are eligible to vote and you aren’t registered, take the time to do so.

The 2009 elections aren’t too far away.

A handful of women thought voting was so important in 1948 that they sent a letter to the commissioner of elections expressing their right to vote and run for election.

That letter started a controversy that lasted until 1959 when women finally got the right to vote and run for office.

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